Subclinical hypothyroidism is a medical condition that occurs when there are inadequate amounts of thyroid hormone in the cells of a woman’s body. This condition may be contributing to a woman’s inability to conceive or incidents of miscarriage.
Commonly Diagnosed Hypothyroidism Symptoms
- Weight gain/difficulty in losing weight
- Always feeling cold, severely affected by cold weather, hands and feet always cold
- Water retention
- Dry hair and/or hair loss
- Dry skin and brittle fingernails
- Irregular periods, heavy menstrual flow, infertility, miscarriages
- Joint or muscle pains
- Carpal and/or Metatarsal Tunnel syndrome
- Tingling or numbness of the hands or feet
- Hearing Ringing or Ticking in the inner ear
- Diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia
Psychological Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Mentally Foggy
- Decreased Concentration (AADD)
- Poor Recent Memory
- Postpartum Depression
Covering the Cost of Diagnosis and Treatment
Most insurance plans cover the cost of hypothyroidism diagnosis and treatment. However – you may incur out-of-pocket and co-payment expenses – depending on your insurance coverage terms. You must make sure that your thyroid doctor participates in your insurance plan. If the physician is not a participant in your plan, make sure to find out what your out-of-pocket charges will be when you have to pursue treatment without insurance coverage.
Thyroid Doctor Participating in Insurance Plans
Dr. Hugh Melnick participates in many major insurance plans. There may be additional insurance plans accepted that are not listed below – so please call and ask for assistance from our insurance billing staff.
- Aetna PPO
- Aetna/USHC – HMO
- Cigna HMO
- Cigna PPO
- First Health
- Great West
- Humana via ChoiceCare
- Oxford Freedom
- PHCS – Guardian
- PHS – HealthNet
- United HealthCare
- United – Empire Plan
- Island Group Administrators
Thyroid Doctor Cost
For patients who are not covered by medical insurance – or – do not want to go through their plans, Dr. Melnick’s cost for diagnosis and treatment can be estimated to be between $350 and $1155 – as follows:
- Initial Consultation = $350
- Follow Up Visits = $200
- Blood Tests = $60
- Thyroid Sonogram = $150
- Thyroflex Testing = $150
Blood Test Costs and Insurance Coverage
Blood tests are not included in the cost of initial consultations and follow up visits, although they are performed in Dr. Melnick’s endocrinology laboratory. In some cases, the cost of blood testing is covered by insurance. However – if there is no coverage available – blood test costs are approximately $60 through Dr. Melnick’s office.
If the patient has some form of coverage for the cost of blood tests through a certain laboratory – Dr. Melnick will have his staff draw blood and send the sample to the lab participating in your insurance plan. This saves the patient out-of-pocket costs and the inconvenience of a trip to the laboratory.
Thyroid Sonogram Costs and Insurance Coverage
Thyroid sonograms can be performed in Dr. Melnick’s office at a cost of $150, whether covered by the patient’s insurance plan or not. In some situations, to have the cost of this examination covered by insurance, the patient may be required to have it performed in a radiologist’s office participating in their plan. In both instances, the patient will be required to remit a co-pay depending on the coverage terms of their insurance plan.
Thyroflex Testing Cost – No Insurance Coverage
Thyroflex testing costs $150 and is not covered by insurance.
Affordable Thyroid Doctor
It is important to work with a thyroid doctor who has the education and clinical experience to cost-effectively diagnose and treat your hypothyroidism.
You can easily schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Hugh Melnick at Advanced Fertility Services through email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or – email@example.com. You can also call 212.369.8700 – or – click the icon below.